Movies so good, we’re seeing them on our screens twice: These films are due to be made into shows

Farida Dawkins April 09, 2018
The Dahomey Warriors in Black Panther...GistPartner

There’s nothing like seeing a high-grossing film in the theatre. The images may move you, motivate you, or compel you to do something that you may have been putting on the back burner. 2018 has ushered in many great films such as Black Panther and A Wrinkle In Time. Keep reading to learn about some movies being turned into television series.

Dahomey Amazon Warriors

Sony Pictures Television just announced that it will team up with Nigerian network EbonyLife to co-develop three TV projects, one of which is a series inspired by the story of the Dahomey Warriors.

The TV series will be set in the Kingdom of Dahomey and tell the story of how the women protect their nation.

Nigerian filmmaker Femi Odugbemi added in a comment to CNN, “It’s the first time I think a global company, or a company with a global footprint, is coming to the table, not just to give crumbs but to actually to try to collaborate in a way that expands opportunity for creating (stories) of African descent.”

The story of the Dahomey Amazons is also set to come to life in the film, The Woman King, starring Lupita Nyong’o and Viola Davis.

Hidden Figures

After debuting in 2016 and starring Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures is being developed into a show.

It will be based on Margot Shetterly’s book of the same name on the black woman mathematicians who were influential in the early days of NASA, as reported by Shadow and Act.

Chernin Entertainment’s Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping, who executive produced the movie are currently forming a scripted series for National Geographic as told by Variety.

The 2016 movie was directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Melfi and Allison Schroeder.

The film had a budget of $25 million and grossed $236 million at the box office.

The First Wives Club reboot

So, The First Wives Club starred an all-white cast when the film was released in 1996, however, The First Wives Club reboot is being written and executive produced by Girls Trip writer Tracy Y. Oliver.

Oliver’s reboot has been ordered as a pilot with Paramount Network, formerly Spike.

The reboot was previously picked up by TV Land in 2017 with a different writer nonetheless, the show idea was dropped.

Shadow and Act state that Oliver will feature a “diverse cast” on The First Wives Club reboot.

Oliver has previously worked on Issa Rae’s The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl as an actor, producer and writer.

She has also written for Survivor’s Remorse.

Oliver is currently adapting Nicola Yoon’s novel The Sun is Also a Star, which will be starring Yara Shahidi.

Oliver and Kenya Barris co-wrote Girls Trip; the first movie to be written by a black woman to earn over $100 million in box office sales. The movie stars Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith and Regina Hall.


Last Edited by:Ismail Akwei Updated: April 9, 2018


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